While Rhode Island is the smallest state in the nation, there is no shortage of great food. It's known as the Ocean State, and after spending a few days exploring it, I can say it definitely lives up to its name! There's a never ending supply of fresh lobster, succulent clams, and much more. The selection from under the sea is out of this world, but that's not all Rhode Island has to offer. There are plenty of other interesting foods, like pizza bread and coffee milk. Take a dip into the Ocean State's fare and check out some of my favorites here.
Those who don't eat meat will enjoy crispy black-bean cakes with creamy guacamole. They'll also love crunchy tortilla chips topped with grilled corn and melted cheddar cheese and smooth flavorful grilled-veggie gazpacho.
Seafood aficionados are sure to go crazy for spicy Buffalo shrimp with blue cheese dip and celery. Finally, the meateaters' hunger will be satiated with grilled beef tenderloin on focaccia toasts. To check out these tasty warm-weather appetizer recipes, read more
If you don't have major plans this weekend, grab your daughter, son, niece, or kid brother and make some meals: here in California, May 9 is Cook With Your Kids Day — so, for inspiration, we've compiled some of our favorite kid-friendly recipes. Just remember: to be safe, never leave kids unattended in the kitchen. Here, you can scope out fun kitchen recipes, ranging from finger foods to dessert.
Every February I invite an intimate group of friends over to watch the Academy Awards. In 2007 I cooked a menu that featured Wolfgang Puck's recipes. In 2008, I made a smorgasbord of elegant, award-winning appetizers. This year I've decided to serve a buffet of classic movie foods. However, I'll give the concession-stand snacks the star treatment. Instead of offering guests boring old popcorn, toss fresh cooked kernels with truffle oil, Parmesan cheese, and black pepper. Wrap mini sausages in puff pastry for an upscale take on the ordinary hot dog. Serve with a trio of dipping sauces — honey mustard, chipotle ketchup, and garlic mayo.
Trade in the theater's bright orange nacho cheese and stale tortilla chips for a creamy goat cheese béchamel and blue corn chip variation. Not into the Oscars? These recipes would be excellent at any movie-watching shindig. To add them to your recipe collection, read more
In my humble opinion, there is no food combination better than melted cheese and tortilla chips. Taking a bite of crunchy, salty chips topped with gooey, oozing cheese is like taking a bite out of heaven. While I'm crazy for the combo in its classic nacho form, I also live for the pairing as a dip. Not just any dip, but this chile con queso dip. It takes all the typical nacho toppings — cheese, jalapeños, sour cream, tomatoes — and mixes them into a dip. It's super easy to make and unbelievably satisfying to eat. Seriously, there is nothing more to say. You need to make this dip. It's beyond scrumptious. Hurry up and get the recipe when you read more
Part potato skins and part nachos, this recipe is the perfect dish to kick off your Super Bowl weekend. The classic meat and potatoes combination gets transformed into the ultimate layered dish.
While the potatoes crisp in the oven, a flavorful mix of ground beef, black beans, and taco seasoning cooks on the stove. To make this cheesy dish vegetarian, simply omit the meat. Check out the recipe when you read more
Today is National Nachos Day! As you probably know, PartySugar loves nachos so much that she came up with a new, innovative recipe for nachos every week in her series Not Your Regular Nachos.
Think you know PartySugar's original nacho recipes? I'll be quizzing you to find out. Here's the drill: When I show you a picture of the ingredients, guess which nacho recipe they make. Are you ready? Let's dig in!
You'd think the self-described Queen of Nachos would just know in her gut about the following, but alas, this is how I was informed that it was International Nachos Day. A transcript of this morning's Blackberry text messages, verbatim:
CasaSugar: Do you know what today is? It is the day that nachos were supposedly invented!
GiggleSugar: Holy crap!!! I am on it.
So without further ado, the legend of how nachos were born: 65 years ago, a genius maitre d' named Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya (perhaps my firstborn son's name?), was just doing his thing at a restaurant in Piedras Negras, Mexico near the Texas border. As legend has it, some Americans came in right after the chef had stepped out, so ol' Nacho Anaya whipped up a tasty treat of chips and cheese melted under the broiler — with some spicy jalepenos thrown on top just to be jaunty. And there you have it, my friends, the story of nachos. Celebrate this hallowed day, Oct. 21, by eating a pile of cheesy chips and saluting its inventor! I know I will. Click here to read the more sober NPR version of the story.
The other day a friend, who recently got back from Armenia, told me about a delicious treat she experienced on her trip. At first I was a little grossed out when she described the potato chip, mozzarella, and ketchup nachos. However, I took her word for it and decided to make my own. The result, a gooey mess of crunch, cheese, and sauce, is shockingly good. They're the perfect after-school or late-night snack. To look at the seriously simple recipe, read more